Business Notes: Nov. 3

11/01/2013 6:34 PM

11/01/2013 6:35 PM

Tastefully Simple

Four Johnston County residents have become independent consultants with Tastefully Simple Inc., a direct seller of easy-to-prepare foods.

They are Alison Wilson of Clayton,; Kim Connolly, also of Clayton,; Cindy Twigg of Four Oaks,; and Susan Marler of Selma,

At home taste-testing parties, these independent business owners offer samples along recipes and serving suggestions.

‘Better Your Brand’

Clayton Women in Networking will present “Better Your Brand,” a seminar, from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the Wagner House, 121 E. Main St., Clayton. Kelly West, founder of Me Inc., will show business professionals how to develop their own personal brand. Tickets are $20 and include dinner and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are available at four Clayton businesses: Blackley’s Printing, 229 E. Main St.; First Federal Bank 442 E. Main St.; and Shear Serenity Salon, 106 Ellington St. For more information, call 919-553-6813.

JCC seminars

The Small Business Center at Johnston Community College has scheduled the following free seminars. To register, call Shelley Gardner at 919-209-2591, email or go to

•  How to Increase your Credit Score to Over 740 Points – 6-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the Benson Conference Center, 303 E. Church St., Benson. Learn legal tricks that will raise your credit score and learn the importance of maintaining good credit.
•  Alternative Financing for Your Small Business – 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Room 1032 at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton. Learn how to obtain a commercial loan and how to approach your lender regarding about a loan guaranty from the Small Business Administration.
•  The Details of Grant Writing for the Nonprofit Business Owner – 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Room 1032 at the Workforce Development Center. Learn to interpret grant-application guidelines and develop parts of proposals.
•  Basic Bookkeeping for Your Small Business – 6-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in Room 1032 at the Workforce Development Center. Learn what it takes to manage the finances of your business.
•  Promote or Perish: Advertising and Marketing for Small Businesses – 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in Room 1032 at the Workforce Development Center 1032. Learn steps and tips to successful marketing.

Business training

Johnston Community College has scheduled the following business training. Except where noted, the fee is $71. For more information, call Rosa Andrews at 919-209-2594 or email

•  MS Word Columns, Tables and Merges – 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Nov. 6, in Room 1033 at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton. Learn to master columns, tables and mail merges in Microsoft Word.
•  Word Level I – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in Room 1031 at the Workforce Development Center. Learn the skills needed to create and modify professional-looking Micosoft Word documents.
•  Power Point Level I – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Room 1031 at the Workfoce Development Center. Topics include creating basic slides and working with drawing tools and clip art.
•  MS Excel Calculation – 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Room 1033 at the Workforce Deveopment Center. Learn to put together the calculations used on a regular basis in business and industry.
•  Notary Public – 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at the Workforce Development Center. Also, 6-9 p.m. Nov. 18-19 at the Cleveland Center, 9046 Cleveland Road. This class is required for people who wish to apply through the N.C. Secretary of State’s Office to become commissioned. The total cost is $98.

Bank reports higher earnings

KS Bancorp, parent company of KS Bank, has reported quarterly income of $309,000, or 24 cents a share. That’s up from $91,000, or seven cents a share, in the same quarter a year ago.

The quarterly earnings reflected lower expenses. Income itself was down in the quarter.

In announcing its earnings, the bank said it would not pay a third-quarter dividend.

Women in Networking to award scholarship

The Clayton Women in Networking are accepting applications for their first Business Scholarship.

The scholarship will go to a woman 19 or older who wants to further her education and enhance her business career. Criteria include financial need, personal circumstances, achievements and educational goals.

The deadline to apply is Nov. 15, and Women in Networking will announce the winner in December. For more information, or to receive an application, contact Martha Stovall at or 919-585-5044 or Lucy Bianchi at or 919-550-3331.

Panel discussion on work, family

A panel discussion on “taking care of business” at work and home is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Hinnant Family Vineyards, 826 Pine Level-Micro Road near Pine Level. WRAL-TV news anchor Debra Morgan will moderate the discussion on balancing family and career responsibly.

The luncheon is a project of the Chamber Women’s Business Network. Tickets cost $30. For more information, call 919-934-9166 or email

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